The editor/publisher of the Los Angeles Times was ousted Monday, along with several other high-ranking editors, with the paper’s parent company announcing the hiring of a former Yahoo! and Fox executive as publisher and CEO.

Davan Maharaj had been the paper’s editor and publisher since March 2016 and had worked at the paper since 1989, The Times reported. He was ousted in favor of Ross Levinsohn, 54, former interim CEO and head of Global Media at Yahoo! and former president of Fox Interactive Media at Fox.

“Ross is a visionary and innovative executive who is the ideal person to lead the Los Angeles Times into its next stage of growth,” said Justin Dearborn, CEO of The Times’ Chicago-based parent company, tronc. “We believe his long-standing ties to Southern California and passion for news, coupled with his deep experience in technology and media, make him uniquely qualified to accelerate our growth across the entire company.”

Jim Kirk, tronc’s senior vice president of strategic initiatives and publisher and editor-in-chief of the Chicago Sun-Times until last week, was named The Times’ interim executive editor. He is expected to work with Levinsohn in the search for a permanent editor-in-chief.

According to The Times, tronc on Monday also fired Managing Editor Marc Duvoisin, Deputy Managing Editor for digital media Megan Garvey and Assistant Managing Editor for investigations Matt Doig.

Dearborn told The Times the company is planning to invest more heavily in news in Washington, D.C., and said tronc wants the paper to become a more authoritative voice reaching Asia and South America. He told the paper Levinsohn “isn’t coming in to manage further down-sizing.”

In a statement released by tronc, Levinsohn called the paper “a beacon of journalism and one of the most important voices in media.”

“I look forward to working with the talented teams to expand our footprint, advance tronc’s digital transformation and further cement our role as a trusted source of news and information,” he said. “We have global ambitions for this brand, and I believe the Los Angeles Times has the potential to further expand and deepen its societal and cultural impact regionally, nationally and around the world.”

According to The Times, Maharaj sent an email to journalists at the paper, calling them “indomitable.”

” … And I wish them well in their continued fight to serve our community,” Maharaj wrote. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done.”

–City News Service

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